Wye Oak returns in March with new LP; gives away mp3 of title track, 'Civilian'

Over the course of two LPs and an EP, Wye Oak has remained a fairly insular affair: singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner and multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack wrote, performed and recorded all the songs themselves. They changed up the formula on “Civilian,” the Baltimore duo’s third LP.

Wasner and Stack brought in Shearwater and St. Vincent collaborator John Congleton as the mixing engineer, who helped them shape songs Wasner says explore “aloneness (the positive kind), loneliness (the horrible kind), moving on, and letting go (of people, places, and things).”

Congleton helped by pushing the duo into “some exciting and sometimes scary new territory,” Stack says in a press release from Merge Records, which releases “Civilian” March 8. Wasner says the about

It certainly sounds exciting on the title track, a moody song full of glimmering keyboards and biting guitar over a loping drum beat.

Photo by Natasha Tylea

Civilian mp3

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